NIMC to register UTME candidates in Abuja, Lagos, Kano on Saturday (Punch)
Candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Abuja, Lagos and Kano will get another opportunity to obtain the National Identification Number on Saturday.
Possession of the NIN is a mandatory requirement for participation in the examination, which would start on Monday.
The National Identity Management Commission announced on its twitter handle on Friday that enrolment centres in Abuja, Lagos and Kano would open on Saturday to enrol UTME/DE candidates.
The tweet explained that only candidates for the examination would be registered in the three cities on Saturday. Read more
Alleged membership of unlawful society lands musician in court (DailyTrust)
A musician, Chimaobi Elele, was yesterday docked before a Yaba chief magistrate court in Lagos for alleged membership of an unlawful society and breach of the peace. Elele is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and belonging to an unlawful society. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some others still at large at 5.43pm on December 24, 2019 at the Ajegunle-Apapa area of Lagos.
Olaluwoye said that the defendant, who allegedly belonged to an unlawful cult group known as ‘Aiye’, and his accomplices fought and broke bottles, disturbed the peace of the neighbourhood and chased some church members holding a crusade. Read more
Court remands suspected killers of LASU student (Nation)
An Apomu Magistrates’ Court, Osun on Friday ordered that Pastor Philip Segun, Owolabi Adeeko and his mother, Bola who allegedly killed Favour Oladele, a final year student of Lagos State University, be remanded in a correctional facility.
The police charged Segun, Owolabi and Bola with two counts of murder and conspiracy.
Magistrate Faith Olukunle-Idowu, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered that they be remanded in an Ilesa Correctional Centre. Read more
Northern govs endorse community policing (DailyTrust)
The Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, says his counterparts have agreed to key into the community policing to tackle the security challenges facing the region. Governor Lalong said this on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while fielding questions from journalists after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the gunmen attack on Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of his state which claimed 13 lives. The governor said normalcy had been restored to the area as his prompt visit to the scene stopped reprisal attack that had already claimed three lives. Read more
Israel frees two Syrian prisoners after return of soldier missing since 1982 (Punch)
Two prisoners were on Friday released from Israeli detention months after Syria returned the remains of an Israeli soldier killed during a 1982 conflict between the countries.
According to Israeli media reports, the freed prisoners were Syrian citizens from Druze village in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights.
They were released before the end of their sentence.
according to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the release was a goodwill gesture after Syria’s April return of the remains of Zachary Baumel. Read more
Assault: Relations of patient beat, strip doctor naked (Nation)
Relations of a patient went wild in Abuja on Wednesday, beating up and stripping a female doctor naked following the death of the patient.
It is the latest in the series of assault of medical personnel in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to Dr. Roland Aigbovo, the President of FCT Association of Resident Doctors (ARD).
Aigbovo, in a statement in Abuja, decried the increasing rate at which the lives of medical personnel are being threatened by relations of patients in the FCT. Read more
Seven human skeletons found in woman’s house (Punch)
Authorities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region have discovered seven skeletons inside a woman’s home, state media said on Friday.
The case came to light on Thursday when Dinh Van Phong, a resident in Tay Ninh province, told authorities that he found two human skeletons wrapped in a cloth bag beneath a shallow pond behind his house, Viet Nam News reported.
After being notified of the remains, local police sealed off the scene before searching surrounding areas.
They soon uncovered a further seven human skeletons, all of which were found in the house of Cao Thi Cam Van, 63, who lives next door to Dinh. Read more
Robber keeps holding up banks while wearing hilarious wigs (Metro)
A bank robber has been dubbed the ‘bad wig bandit’ after holding up his targets in a selection of hilarious hairpieces. The unidentified man has robbed three different banks in Charlotte, North Carolina, in recent weeks. On one occasion he donned a sharply-cut, honey-colored bob complete with rainbow print sweater. In another, the robber opted for thick, black corkscrew curls worn with a blue and black scarf. And a third extravagant look saw the bandit wear a long, red wig covering his face, with onlookers likening him to Wookie from Star Wars. Read more
Samira Ahmed wins BBC equal pay tribunal (BBC)
Presenter Samira Ahmed has won the employment tribunal she brought against the BBC in a dispute over equal pay.
Ahmed claimed she was underpaid for hosting audience feedback show Newswatch when compared with Jeremy Vine’s salary for Points of View.
The judgement said “her work on Newswatch was like Jeremy Vine’s work on Points of View under section 65(1) of the Equality Act 2010”.
Ahmed said she was “glad it’s been resolved”. Read more
Meghan Markle confirms she is back in Canada with son Archie (Metro)
The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada to be with baby Archie as her husband attempts damage control with his family in the UK. It comes after Harry and Meghan made the shock announcement on Wednesday that they will step back from their royal roles and become financially independent. After a six-week stay in Vancouver over the festive period, the couple have decided to divide their time living between the UK and Canada moving forward. A spokeswoman confirmed Meghan has now returned to Canada to take care of the couple’s eight-month-old son, who stayed with a nanny while his parents flew home to deliver the bombshell news to the royals. Read more
Donald Trump says he should have won Nobel Peace Prize not Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed (BBC)
US President Donald Trump seems to think that he was overlooked for last year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Why, what did he say?
“I’m going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I’ll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said: ‘What, did I have something do with it?’ Yeah, but you know, that’s the way it is. As long as we know, that’s all that matters… I saved a big war, I’ve saved a couple of them.”
A video clip of him talking to supporters at a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday evening was shared on Twitter. Read more
Atletico fight back to beat Barca and reach Super Cup final (BBC)
Angel Correa scored late on as Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 in an incident-packed game to reach the Spanish Super Cup final.
Koke’s clinical strike put Atletico ahead early in the second half.
Lionel Messi equalised and then Antoine Griezmann headed Barcelona into the lead in Saudi Arabia.
Alvaro Morata converted a penalty to make it 2-2 before Correra ran through and grabbed the winner with a powerful strike that was too strong for Neto. Read more
David Goffin reacts to shock ATP Cup win over Rafael Nadal (Metro)
David Goffin earned one of the biggest wins of his career to kick-start 2020, beating world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the ATP Cup. Belgium’s Goffin needed to win the tie to keep his country’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the inaugural team competition alive, with Roberto Bautista Agut giving Spain a 1-0 lead after a 6-1 6-4 win over Kimmer Coppejans. Few would have given Goffin – who will climb back inside the world’s top 10 at the conclusion of this event – a hope of beating Nadal, a man who loves playing for his country, who looked to have picked up where he left off in 2019. Read more
Anthony Joshua under pressure to fight Kubrat Pulev (Nation)
British boxer Anthony Joshua is no doubt enjoying the euphoria of re-claiming his belts but the party may not last long as the Nigeria born pugilist is under pressure to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Joshua reclaimed his titles in Saudi Arabia in December when he avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr.
He has underlined his desire to fight Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but a showdown with Bulgarian Pulev appears to be next on the cards with the 30 year old being handed January 31 ultimatum by IBF to agree to fight the Bulgarian or lose the IBF belt.
An IBF spokesperson told Sky Sports: ‘I have just been told that the Pulev and Joshua camps have asked until January 31 to negotiate.’ Read more
Klopp scared Mourinho could end Liverpool unbeaten run (Punch)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Jose Mourinho remains a world-class coach and a threat to his side’s unbeaten Premier League record when the European champions travel to Tottenham on Saturday.
A massive 28-point gap separates the sides that contested the Champions League final just seven months ago with Liverpool running away with the title, while sixth-placed Spurs’ ambition is just to make it back into the top four.
Mourinho’s honeymoon period in north London is over after a run of just two wins in Tottenham’s last seven games, but he has consistently been a thorn in Liverpool’s side with Chelsea and Manchester United in the past. Read more
Tottenham ‘cannot play like we normally play’ without Kane – Jose Mourinho (BBC)
No player can take the injured Harry Kane’s place and Tottenham “cannot play like we normally play” without him, says manager Jose Mourinho.
He is ruled out until April with a hamstring injury that requires surgery.
England captain Kane has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season.
“If I speak too much about Harry, I get a bit depressed and then you are going to say ‘he is miserable’,” Mourinho said.
“It’s better to talk about things that make me laugh.” Read more
Super Cup: We played like children, Messi blasts teammates (Punch)
Lionel Messi said Barcelona were guilty of playing like children on Thursday after Atletico Madrid staged a thrilling comeback to beat them 3-2 and set up a Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid.
Barca looked on course for a Sunday showdown against Real when they led 2-1 with nine minutes left but instead, it will be a Madrid derby in Saudi Arabia to decide who lifts the trophy.
“It’s a shame because we switched off for a few moments and made children’s mistakes,” Messi said. “We should have closed out the match. Read more
Conor McGregor gives rare glimpse into training camp for UFC return (Metro)
The UFC gave some insight into his camp (Picture: Instagram @thenotoriousmma) Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitter 18 SHARES Coral Barry Friday 10 Jan 2020 9:15 am Conor McGregor has given the first real glimpse into his training camp for his UFC return next week. Donald Cerrone welcomes McGregor back into the octagon in a welterweight clash, with the Irishman a firm favourite to get back to winning ways. After another lengthy absence from fighting, McGregor insists he has re-dedicated himself to training and becoming a UFC champion again.
Giroud agrees terms with Inter Milan (Olivier Giroud)
Inter Milan officials have held talks with Olivier Giroud’s agents and agreed to terms for a January transfer.
Sky in Italy is reporting that the France striker, whose Blues deal expires in the summer, has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract to join the Italian side.
However, Inter have yet to agree to a deal with Chelsea, who are asking for between £6.8m (€8m) and £8.5m (€10m).
Inter do not want to spend more than £4.3m (€5m) – and Giroud has other offers on the table, including from Lyon, but he is keen to move to Inter. Read more
Moffi gets jersey number 20 at KV Kortrijk (Nation)
Former Golden Eaglets striker Terem Moffi will wear the jersey number 20 at Belgium Jupiler Pro League side KV Kortrijk, reports NationSport.
Terem chose to wear the number 20 jersey in remembrance of the 20 league goals he scored in the just concluded Lithuanian A League.
The 20-year-old arrived at Golden Spurs Stadium on a three and a half years contract from Lithuanian first division side FK Riteriai, after rejecting a number of other offers and interests from France, Israel, Slovakia and Norway. Read more
Team Nigeria crashes out of 2020 Olympic’s volleyball qualifiers (DailyTrust)
Nigerian women’s national volleyball team crashed out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers in Cameroon on Thursday after losing 0-3 to Kenya in a riveting match that tested both sides well. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Team Nigeria lost all the three sets of their last match to their counterpart Kenya in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
They lost 15-25 in the first set, 21-25 in the second and 12-25 in the last set. Read more